My mom always said less is more and she was right! Anna has such a delicate look I wanted to stay within a classic look and bring a vintage flare in. Her makeup is uber soft and making her skin look soft and adding touches of color really brought out her features without over powering her. Here are a few pics from Jose Villa Photography of Anna & Robert’s Four Seasons Biltmore wedding. Planned by Jill La Fleur of La Fleur Weddings.
Get ready for a new wedding docu-series that will be sure to get you instantly hooked!! Your’s Truly will be featured on TLC’s new reality series, Wedding Day Makeover premiere today at 2:30 PST (on HD) and 5:30 PST (regular)
Wedding Day Makeover documents as TEAM combines their expertise along with the brides own ideas for her hair and makeup. At the trial, we create two completely different wedding day looks for our bride. Then, come wedding day, the bride chooses which look she wants Mar and her TEAM to create for her to walk down the aisle. As Mar Romero, creative director of TEAM states, “The brides could ask us to pair blue eye shadow with pink lipstick and it’s our job to make them look good.”
With a slew of wedding reality shows on TV these days it’s hard to know which one to watch. For TEAM Hair and Makeup, they approach this highly publicized topic with a twist. Not only is this a series about the bride, her love story, and her wedding day look; but ultimately it’s about the bride finding her self-confidence. “For me,” Romero states, “Confidence is the purest form of beauty. If the bride feels confident about herself, her beauty will naturally reflect how she feels inside. This show has given us a national platform to showcase the importance of this confidence. It’s about infusing women with poise and self-assurance as they walk down the aisle while introducing them to a more glamorous version of themselves.”
TEAM Hair and Makeup has been filming nearly a dozen episodes of Wedding Day Makeover since TLC originally approached us over one year ago. Below are a few sneak peek pics from behind the scences.
Don’t forget to watch US on the Season Premiere of Wedding Day Makeover on TLC today at 2:30 (HD) or 5:30 (regular cable)
We are so excited to be doing a Featured Artist of the month!! We have some amazingly talented stylists and we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to highlight their story, and some of their accomplishments! Our first Featured Artist of the Month from July-August 2010 is: Janeena Merricks, Professional Key Makeup Artist, who has been with TEAM since 2004!
Here’s what Mar, the creative director of TEAM had to say about Janeena: “Janeena is an asset to our TEAM and we are very proud to have her in our family. I believe, to be a real makeup artist, you need to be able to create any look, on any ethnicity, at a moment’s notice, and Janeena can do that. She is the real deal! Right when you think she can’t get any better, she does.”
Q: How long have you been a professional makeup artist?
A: I have been a professional makeup artist for six years, and I have been with TEAM for four years.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years, professionally?
A: In five years, I see myself continuing to work with celebrities, and traveling with TEAM Hair and Makeup, growing and expanding within the company. I may go into becoming a Personal Artist if the right client comes along, and one day, I’m going to create a makeup line for all women.
Q: What do you like best about working with the bridal community?
A: I love so many things about working in the Bridal industry. I have to be honest though, when I landed a meeting with TEAM Hair and Makeup, I wasn’t sure brides and weddings were for me. Needless to say, I was up for the challenge to work with TEAM, and see if it was going to be a good fit. After my first Wedding, I realized I had found a new passion! Wedding work is a different style of makeup than what I was used to, however, it is similar to being on set. There are time constraints and a bit of pressure, but, when you love what you do, it seems to just flow. In the start of my career, I went straight into working on different productions as a TV/Film makeup artist. Models and actresses were my clientele. I have done a lot of celebrity work, and loved the fast paced action, and people I have worked with. As an artist, I believe it’s vital to be able to work on any type of client doing any type of makeup. Makeup on an actress and makeup on a bride is night and day. When TEAM Hair and Makeup offered me a contract, I knew it was a turning point in my career. Working with brides and the bridal party has proven to be very rewarding. I was quick to learn that working with people on their happiest day ever, is a very positive experience. I saw how much Brides appreciated my work, and how important it was for a Bride to feel and look like herself, on her day. Bridal makeup needs to look great walking down the aisle, and look natural enough up close so her fiancé recognizes the gal he fell for! All in all, I have to say, my favorite wedding moment, is when the Bride says, “Thank you,” and loves her makeup. Now that means a lot!
Q: How do you like working for TEAM?
A: TEAM has kept me very busy! Working for TEAM has given me a whole new outlook on quite a few things in my life, including family. Now, I don’t believe it necessary to be related, in order to be considered family. At TEAM, we all work together flawlessly, and we are all there for one another. The company has a very high standard for their artists and they are extremely selective with who they work with, so I’m very proud to be part of the TEAM. Plus it’s a blast! Being with TEAM has opened up so many doors for me and my future to come.
Q: Who or what has been your favorite makeup experience?
A: I have been asked this question a lot, and it’s always a very hard question to answer. I would have to say, it would be when I was called to do Rosario Dawson’s makeup. I have always wanted to do work with her. I admire her for being a strong independent woman, who also happens to be very beautiful and very down to earth. The makeup I did on her was to simply enhance her natural beauty, and she loved the way she looked!
Q: What is your favorite product?
A: My all time favorite product is a highlighter by, Joe Blasco. The reason why I love it so much is it can be used in many different ways. I love to highlight under the brow bone, highlight on cheekbones, highlight on the inner corner of the eye, use it as a primer for eye shadow, use it for contouring on the nose, and use it for concealing and brightening under the eye. What more can a girl ask for? I love it!
Q: What advice would you give brides to prepare to have their makeup professionally done?
A: My advice to all brides is to know exactly what you want, and if you don’t know what you want, leave it to the artist to help guide you. For inspiration look online. I suggest stylemepretty.com, santabarbaraweddingguide.com and theknot.com. Really think about how you want to look in your photos and walking down the aisle. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the artist questions about their background. Do they specialize in weddings, or it is just filler work? Ask for their portfolio, Google their name, look up reviews. Be sure you have a real professional bridal makeup artist. Most importantly, you need to be able to trust your artist. It’s a very important relationship; after all, they are big part of how you look on your wedding day! As the bride you should feel relaxed and calm while you are getting your makeup done. In the end, once you have looked at yourself in the mirror, see if you feel like yourself. If you do, great, however, if you don’t, let your artist know. As a professional artist it’s our job to listen to our clients, it is all about you, the bride. The feeling at the end of your trial should be the feeling you get when you try on the right wedding dress, you know when it’s “the one.” You should feel this way with your artist too. Oh yea, and have fun!
Q: What is your makeup philosophy?
A: My makeup philosophy is, as much as we love all the latest fancy products, it’s more about how you can use it and enhance one’s natural beauty, which, for me makes a true artist.
Wow for Brows! When I’m doing a clients makeup, I always start with the brows. I always ask the client, “Do you ever fill in your brows?” 90% of the clients say, “no,” and gives me a look like she’d scared I’m going to make her look like Groucho Mark. But after the full makeup is done, she always thinks her brows look fabulous!
Since the brows essentially frame the eye area, it is critical to pay attention to your brows. Especially when women become older, the brows tend to thin out, and become lighter in pigment. I always tell my clients about 50 years of age or more that the simplest and fastest way to take 10 years off your face is by filling-in your brows.
That said, there are do’s and don’ts when it comes to brows.
-Go to a professional to have your brows shaped, if you have not had them shaped before
-Bring in a photo of a model or celebrity whose brow shape you like when going to a professional
-Consider having your brows tinted to match your natural hair color
-Use a matte powder like Smashbox Brow Tech, in a color that is one shade lighter than your hair color, to fill in the brow area in the most natural way possible, using an angled brush to apply the powder
-If tweezing at home, only tweeze below the brows and not above. Feel free to tweeze any hairs in the middle (a.k.a. the “uni-brow”)
-Do use a brow wax to tame the brows (apply with the same brush you would use to apply the powder). Again, Smashbox has a great product called Brow Tech that has both the brow powder and the brow wax.
-Do not “over-pluck” the brows because they rarely grow back.
-Do not let professionals talk you into the following: shaping them too thin, cutting your brows (unless they are really long).. and if you’re unsure, DON’T TRY IT AT HOME!!
-Do not use a pencil to fill-in the brows. Brow pencils are oil-based, and leave too dark of a line. You don’t want the brow to look like a line. It should be a subtle “filling in” of the brow area. That is why matte powders are best for filling in the color!
One of the two types of makeup offered by T.E.A.M. Hair and Makeup, that sets them apart from the competition, is airbrush makeup. The difference that it makes can be explained if you think of the difference between a regular old TV screen, versus a high definition TV screen. Airbrush makeup is used in most celebrity photshoots, runway shows, movies, and more, because it delivers flawless results. Because the makeup is sprayed onto the skin with compressed air, it comes out in microscopic specks that spread evenly over the skin, creating an even skin tone, and the most natural effect available. It truly looks like your own skin. Or if your skin is not perfect, it looks like the perfected version of your own skin!
Airbrush makeup can be used to apply all of your makeup, but T.E.A.M. uses airbrush mostly for foundation, bronzer and blush. Airbrushing makes all the difference on your special day, for perfect photos that you will cherish for years to come.
Eleven years ago, Mar Romero took a lifelong dream, and a chance, using her artistic talent to launch T.E.A.M. Hair and Makeup. Moving back in with Mom and Dad and pooling all of her resources to go after her vision, Mar created what we know now as the most highly revered, Santa Barbara-based on-location styling company for weddings throughout the United States.
Mar Romero, a fourth-generation Latina with Mexican parents, was raised in San Diego, with dreams even as a little girl of becoming a stylist. A completely self-taught artist of her own design, Mar’s art form goes above and beyond perfection. Her vision for each individual bride is one of true talent and ability. Perseverance and dedication has taken her from being a young and confident entrepreneur, to a master of her trade.
In ten years, Mar and her “T.E.A.M.” have worked with thousands of brides throughout Santa Barbara, San Diego, Los Angeles and beyond, to Mexico, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, just to name a few locations outside of Southern California. TEAM’s outstanding reputation only increases each season, being “The Source” for wedding styling throughout Southern California.
“For me, the most important aspect of working with a bride is to make her feel as confident as possible. Every woman is beautiful on her wedding day, and for me, as a stylist, confidence is the purest form of beauty. So, if the bride feels the most confident about herself, her beauty will reflect how she feels inside”, states Mar Romero, reflecting on her ten years of being a wedding stylist.
When a bride books with T.E.A.M., she gets the royal treatment with a 2-hour trial, where the bride can choose from either airbrush or traditional makeup, merging her ideas with Mar’s expertise. Mar and her team come to the location where the bridal party will get ready, and create stunningly timeless looks that are in line with the bride and bridal party’s vision for the wedding.